Posted : 5/13/2008 6:01:26 AM
oy... i really feel your pain! i have one that is terrified of other dogs!
i think SLOW desensitizing is the key. for one, i would make sure to never verbally or physically correct her, because she is in a state of anxiety and you are adding to that. so when you are in the house, and she barks and houls, instead of telling her "no" try giving some other command, like sit, down, jump, or any trick she might know and love doing for you. dont expect that to work the first time either! it will take some patience and persistance. when you are out, make sure you DONT let other dogs approach and sniff her. this is too terrifying for her at this point. work on just being ok, when other dogs are at a distance. if you havent taught it already, this is a good time to start teaching the "watch me" command. this one will eventually be her cue, to stop paying attention to other dogs, and pay attention to you instead. of course you have to start this off at home without distractions.
one thing that helped for me, but MANY people have good arguments against is, i would pick up jason (the one who has the issues with other dogs) when other, unleashed dogs are around. no coddling, but just pick him up and praise him, if he is not growling or otherwise reacting to the dog at his feet. again, may people are very much against that, so i dont know how it would work on another dog, but it helped for me, cause eventually my dog realized that i am there to get him out of what he perceives as a sticky situation.
i dont know if that helped at all, and i am sure others WAY more experienced will be along real soon to give some better advice....
oh, and welcome to the forum, by the way!!